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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Alex Alderman

Alex Alderman

Note Taking With Technology | Edutopia - 1 views

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    This article does not address the reasons why faculty restrict access to technology in the classroom, such as distraction or the confusion of dictation for note taking, but it does present an interesting model for how technology could be used better to create a backchannel for a course through student collaboration.
Alex Alderman

Research suggests that students may make more academic progress by focusing on task-ori... - 1 views

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    I like the idea of having students set goals for themselves, which could create a stronger sense of agency and lead to clearer feedback from instructors about what the student should be trying to accomplish in the course. But the authors note that this approach assumes a level of executive function on the part of the student that may be detrimental to some.
Alex Alderman

Sony Music & Metaverse at 2017 CMA Fest - Metaverse AR Platform - Medium - 2 views

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    Sony created a gamified augmented reality experience using a free AR platform called Metaverse. Some of the more innovative features of the experience included integration with other mobile apps, exclusive content, and guided interaction with live participants (including a wandering man in a Sasquatch costume). The platform could be used to develop place-based extension learning, student projects, or academic program promotions.
Alex Alderman

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning? | Edutopia - 1 views

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    Virtual and augmented reality have obvious benefits in capturing student attention but face questions about their potential to help students to make substantive gains in understanding--especially considering the costs of the equipment and the time needed to build activities. But it is not too early to consider how we want to use these technologies in the classroom, and it may prove a useful exercise in reimagining how we use the technology we already have access to.
Alex Alderman

Process Over Product: Allowing Student Researchers to Think for Themselves / - 0 views

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    From a refreshing series on "teaching fails", a composition instructor describes the difficulty in scaffolding a research assignment that both provides clarity about expectations and allows for fruitful exploration. Here, the use of pedagogical and technological innovations (rubrics and screencasting) did not succeed in getting students to engage with the process--but I do think that they gave the instructor some evidence to better understand what went wrong.
Alex Alderman

As Summer Sets In, a Chance to Regard the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Student Evaluations - 0 views

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    An overview of course evaluations, from the sadly ignorant to the painfully accurate, with some consideration on how to improve student responses and make better use of them.
Alex Alderman

Teams: Lessons Learned - 0 views

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    Nine takeaways from a course built around an intensive team project. One of note: students need to understand that they will not work in a group they way they do on their own, and they need to embrace it.
Alex Alderman

Do Your Students Learn by Rote? Or Can They Recognize Patterns? - 0 views

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    This interview examines ongoing research on distinguishing between different kinds of learning behaviors in students with an eye to getting them the practice they need to recognize concepts in application.
Alex Alderman

Students' Best Tech Resource: The Teacher - 0 views

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    The author outlines modeling, collaboration, and reflection strategies for integrating a new technology resource into an existing course.
Alex Alderman

Moving Students Away From Their Phones - 0 views

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    Taking a cue from James Lang's Small Teaching, John Warner uses the minutes before class to establish a classroom environment that invites student participation.
Alex Alderman

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps - 0 views

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    The article describes strategies for putting together spontaneous, faculty-led "unconferences" at three different scales and a selection of positive and negative experiences of such events.
Alex Alderman

Why A Face-to-Face Campus Culture Benefits From Internal Web Meetings | Technology and ... - 0 views

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    Joshua Kim outlines some benefits of fast and loose teleconferences for residential colleges. Once faculty are familiar with the platform, they can use short meetings to touch base with a number of colleagues while avoiding many of the inconveniences of regularly scheduled meetings.
Alex Alderman

How professors can improve the engagement of students in the classroom (essay) - 0 views

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    An English professor presents three activities designed from a strategy of disruptive pedagogy. In order to break students out of their accustomed digital isolation, the professor introduces elements of social discomfort into the classroom. In extreme cases, he surprises students with pizza to keep them on their toes.
Alex Alderman

Redefining Failure - 0 views

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    Some strategies for creating a space for failure in the classroom to encourage students to learn better on their own.
Alex Alderman

Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems - 0 views

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    A broad ranging survey of best practices, unlikely successes, and unacknowledged challenges in the critique of student work that stresses the importance of authentic communication that directs both the students and the instructors themselves on how to improve their work.
Alex Alderman

UW-Madison Launches Resource Hub for STEM Diversity -- Campus Technology - 0 views

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    A new online hub for promoting diversity in STEM education with relevant articles, personal stories, and profiles of advocates in higher education.
Alex Alderman

The Liberal Arts College as a Sandbox for the Intellectually Curious | Technology and L... - 0 views

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    A sketch of how liberal arts colleges foster learning through personal encounters, inquiry-rich campus culture, and research applied in the classroom.
Alex Alderman

Transfer Is Tough and Takes Time | Just Visiting - 0 views

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    An English composition instructor reflects on the difficulty of initiating the transfer of skills across disciplines and contexts and recounts his own struggles learning to write for a broader audience.
Alex Alderman

Making Summer Work - 1 views

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    Professors share their tips making summer break plans for productivity and peace of mind.
Alex Alderman

How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar - 0 views

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    A video tutorial on creating open blocks for meetings in Google Calendar using the Appointment Slot options.
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